Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Haulover Beach Sport Fishing Docks
The originally known Lighthouse Dock, once at this site, marked the beginnings of this area's fame as a sportsman's paradise. Folklore and history relate that a man named Baker (c. 1810) “hauled over” fishing boats from the bay to the ocean. In 1926, Captain Henry Jones (1883-1968) built the first dock with a permit from the War Department. By 1937-1939, the Lighthouse Restaurant and the Ocean Bay Trailer Park shared this property. These early docks served as the foundation of an international sport fishing tourist industry as charter boat fisherman searched for marlin, sailfish and other big-game fish in Miami's abundant Gulf Stream waters. Adjacent to these docks was an official weighing station of the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament, the oldest and largest fishing contest in the world. Many record catches were certified here. Captains navigated their charters beneath the hazardous Haulover Bridge with its treacherous currents. They also contended with the threat of enemy submarines, just outside the Inlet, from 1942 to 1943. Some captains assumed duties as sub-spotters. A Coast Guard vessel was moored here during World War II to ensure civilian safety, making this a strategic military site at that time.
In 1944 the Lighthouse Dock became part of the Haulover
Erected 2003 by Miami-Dade Park and Recreation and
Location. 25° 54.086′ N, 80° 7.524′ W. Marker is in Miami Beach, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from Collins Avenue (State Road A1A) 1.1 miles north of 96th Street (County Road 922), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located on the west side of Haulover Park near the fire station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach FL 33154, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barefoot Mailman (approx. 0.9 miles away); Arch Creek Road Military Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Arch Creek (approx. 2.3 miles away); Arch Creek Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Biscayne House of Refuge (approx. 3.1 miles away); Biscayne (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Cushman School (approx. 6.1 miles away); Pioneer Boat Builders' Site (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miami Beach.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 4, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.